Matt Eisenberg

Matt Eisenberg is an editor both for SNY and espnW. He graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2014.

New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis catches an overtime long pass despite interference from Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines to lead to a field goal and a win for the Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis catches an overtime long pass despite interference from Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines to lead to a field goal and a win for the Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis made an acrobatic catch despite being interfered with in overtime to help set up Aldrick Rosas' game-winning field goal in Sunday's 12-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium.

On fourth-and-5 from the Chiefs 36-yard line, Eli Manning fended off a blitz by throwing a deep pass to Lewis down the left sideline. Lewis, whose arm was being held by Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines, slid and reached back for the ball, catching it at the 2-yard line.

Two plays later, Rosas' 23-yard field goal sealed the victory for the Giants.

"It feels great, but one thing nobody can take away from is my big-play mentality and my ability to go make a play," Lewis said, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller. "That's what I have to do all the time. It's a huge blessing. I just want to make plays to help the team win."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Kansas City Chiefs, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams points to the sky following the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams points to the sky following the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)

While there was outside talk that the New York Jets were going to tank the 2017 season, the players aren't surprised after Sunday's 17-14 win over the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium gave them a three-game winning streak and put them in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East.

"Sounds like that's how it's supposed to be," cornerback Morris Claiborne, who had one of New York's two interceptions, said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins.

New York, which lost the first two games of the season by a combined score of 66-32, has won three games in a row for the first time since winning five in a row from Week 12 to Week 16 in 2015. 

Combined with the New England Patriots' win on Thursday and the Buffalo Bills' 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the Jets are in a three-way tie for the division lead heading into their Week 6 matchup against the defending Super Bowl champions.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Cleveland Browns, Elijah McGuire, Jordan Jenkins, Morris Claiborne, New England Patriots, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams points to the sky following the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams points to the sky following the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)

While there was outside talk that the New York Jets were going to tank the 2017 season, the players aren't surprised after Sunday's 17-14 win over the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium gave them a three-game winning streak and put them in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East.

"Sounds like that's how it's supposed to be," cornerback Morris Claiborne, who had one of New York's two interceptions, said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins.

New York, which lost the first two games of the season by a combined score of 66-32, has won three games in a row for the first time since winning five in a row from Week 12 to Week 16 in 2015. 

Combined with the New England Patriots' win on Thursday and the Buffalo Bills' 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the Jets are in a three-way tie for the division lead heading into their Week 6 matchup against the defending Super Bowl champions.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Cleveland Browns, Elijah McGuire, Jordan Jenkins, Morris Claiborne, New England Patriots, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis Jr. hauls in a second-half touchdown reception in front of Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis Jr. hauls in a second-half touchdown reception in front of Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants lost four wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr. to a broken ankle, to injury in Sunday's 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, meaning they only have one healthy receiver on the roster: Roger Lewis Jr.

Beckham may need surgery on a fractured left ankle he suffered in the fourth quarter when he landed awkwardly after trying to go up for a catch, and the 24-year-old receiver could miss the rest of the season.

Earlier in the gameBrandon Marshall was carted off with an ankle injury, Sterling Shepard left the game with an ankle injury and Dwayne Harris broke his foot, leaving Lewis, the second-year pro out of Bowling Green, as the last man standing.

"It hurts -- like, what, three, four of my brothers got hurt today," Lewis said after the game. "They're like big brothers to me. So, it really hurts."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Evan Engram, Jerell Adams, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Roger Lewis, San Diego Chargers, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Matt Eisenberg
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Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana pitches in the third inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana pitches in the third inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is readying his team for Tuesday's wild-card game against Ervin Santana and the Minnesota Twins.

Although the Yankees are mathematically in contention for the AL East title, they would need to sweep the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend and also need the Houston Astros to sweep the Boston Red Sox. That said, Girardi has begun to look ahead to the wild card, which Yankee Stadium would host.

The Twins, losers of 103 games last season, have rebounded in 2017 to win 83 games so far and would likely start the 34-year-old Santana, who is 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA this season and threw five scoreless innings against the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

Tags: Luis Severino, Minnesota Twins, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets RHP Robert Gsellman (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets RHP Robert Gsellman (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Hours after GM Sandy Alderson said RHP Robert Gsellman would move back to the bullpen once the Mets activate two pitchers off the disabled list, Gsellman threw seven strong innings to lead New York to a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday at Citi Field.

Gsellman (3-3) gave up two runs (one earned) and three hits, and also recorded two RBIs on a sac fly and a bases-loaded walk as the Mets won for the third time in their last four games.

"That's the guy we saw last year," manager Terry Collins said. "That's the guy we know he can be. He threw the ball very well."

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jerry Blevins, Milwaukee Brewers, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Adam Warren will be a reliever to open the regular season while Luis SeverinoChad Green, and Jordan Montgomery will compete for two rotation spots, manager Joe Girardi said to Newsday's Erik Boland.

Warren, who had been considered for a rotation spot earlier this spring, had a 4.80 ERA in five Grapefruit League outings (four starts), allowing eight runs and 13 hits in 15 innings. 

Though he spent most of last season as a reliever with both the Yankees and Chicago Cubs, he split time in the rotation and bullpen with the Yankees in 2015, going 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA in 17 starts and 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 26 relief outings.

Tags: Adam Warren, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina delivers the pitch against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (William Pearlman/The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE)
New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina delivers the pitch against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (William Pearlman/The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina has seen his Hall of Fame voting trend upward, increasing nearly 40 percent over the past two years on his fourth time on the ballot.

Mussina, who received just 24.6 percent of the vote in 2015, is polling at 61.7 percent, according to submitted public (and anonymous) ballots that Ryan Thibodaux collected and organized.

While players need 75 percent of the Baseball Writers Association of America's ballot to make The Hall, Mussina's numbers have increased significantly over the past two years, partially due to the BBWAA cutting more than 100 writers' right to vote following the 2015 election. Mussina's numbers jumped 18.4 percent from 2015 to 2016.

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The Mets Hot Stove panel discusses Matt Harvey's injury rehab and their expectations from the right-handed hurler in 2017.

New York Mets manager Terry Collins said RHP Matt Harvey "looks great" and "is in tremendous shape" as he resumes throwing after thoracic outlet syndrome cut his 2016 season short. 

Harvey, 27, was diagnosed with TOS when trapped nerves caused numbness and discomfort in his pitching arm. He made his last start in early July and is expected to be ready for spring training.

TOS isn't considered a "death sentence" for pitchers, a former Mets prospect earlier said, and several other pitchers who have underwent surgery for TOS have the numbers to back it up.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo (Gregory Fisher/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo (Gregory Fisher/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets RHP Seth Lugo threw seven innings of one-run ball in a 5-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday at Citi Field to keep the Mets within one game of the second wild card spot.

Lugo (3-2), making his fourth start this season after being a reliever in July and early August, won his third straight start and improved to 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA as a starter. The Mets are 11-5 since Lugo made his first start and remained one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card spot.

The Mets, who have been without Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, and will likely skip Jacob deGrom for multiple starts, have had to rely on younger, less-experienced pitchers down the stretch, including Robert Gsellman, an 11th-round pick in 2011 who threw six innings of one-run ball in Saturday's win, and Lugo, a 34th-round pick in 2011.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Seth Lugo, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Aaron Judge, one of the New York Yankees' top prospects, homered twice in his first weekend in the majors in a polarizing start to his big league career.

Fellow rookie Tyler Austin and Judge became the first teammates in baseball history to hit back-to-back home runs in their first at-bats in Saturday's 8-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Austin's home run was a line drive that just eclipsed the right-field fence, whereas Judge's first homer was a blast projected to travel 446 feet to deep center field.

"It was exciting," Judge said on Saturday, according to MLB.com's Nick Suss. "Tyler went out there and he got down 0-2 really quick, but he battled and had a great at-bat and was able to hit one out. I was ecstatic on deck and I was like, 'I've just got to make contact now.' What a day. That's all I can really say."

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New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman watches batting practice at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman watches batting practice at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the team should not be ashamed in becoming sellers at the trade deadline to rebuild for the future.

Speaking before Monday's Subway Series, Cashman spoke to reporters about the Yankees' several trades, which saw them trade away relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, outfielder Carlos Beltran and starting pitcher Ivan Nova for packages of prospects

"We're trying to get back to a situation where we can build an uber team and a sustainable one," Cashman said on Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

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New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances said he was shocked after the organization traded closer and LHP Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

"I'm still trying to get over the fact that we traded the best of the best," Betances said, according to ESPN's Wallace Matthews.

The Yankees dealt Miller, 31, who had a 1.39 ERA, nine saves, 16 holds and 77 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings across 44 outings for the Yankees this season, and received four prospects -- including two of Cleveland's top three -- in return.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda struck out eight batters in seven strong innings and outdueled Houston's Dallas Keuchel in New York's 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Monday at Minute Maid Park.

Pineda (5-9) settled down after a leadoff home run and escaped trouble in the sixth inning to earn his second straight win and put the Yankees three games over .500 for the first time this season.

"We had a feeling it was going to be a low-scoring game," Chase Headley, who hit an RBI single in the fifth inning and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and Brian McTaggart. "Mikey was outstanding. Credit to him. The pitching staff has been great lately and that's a big reason why we're playing a lot better."

Tags: Austin Romine, Chase Headley, Houston Astros, Michael Pineda, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers to the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers to the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino said he welcomes a bullpen role after the team called him up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday.

"I don't think it's going to be difficult. I think it's going to be a little different," Severino told YES Network. "When you're a starter, you have to know five days to prepare yourself. ... Here, you have to be overprepared."

The Yankees recalled Severino, 22, from the minors, and despite him being a starting pither for most of his professional career, will have him available out of the bullpen for Monday's game against the Houston Astros.

Tags: Luis Severino, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris said quarterback Eli Manning and the offense are working on throwing the deep ball more often.

Harris told the Giants team site that the team will be utilizing its receiving corps of him, Odell Beckham Jr.Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz to throw the ball downfield more often.

"I think we're getting better just throwing the ball down the field more," Harris said. "We're definitely trying to work on throwing the ball down the field, throwing more deep passes. And [we need to get] the run game going. That's one of the key elements in our offense. We got it going later on in the season. We've just got to continue that momentum and keep carrying it in the beginning of this season."

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Odell Beckham Jr., Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Matt Eisenberg
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Curtis Granderson leads off the game with a solo home run in the Mets' 5-2 win over the Brewers at Miller Park.

New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson hit his 40th career leadoff home run in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Leading off for the 52nd time this season, Granderson got ahead in the count 3-1 against Jimmy Nelson before hitting his sinker into the right-field seats.

"I was just looking for something around the middle of the plate that I could drive," Granderson said, according to MLB.com's Curt Hogg and Andrew Gruman. "I'm not exactly sure where the pitch was, but I know it was a strike. Any time you can get the count in your favor, it puts you in a position to be more successful."

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Milwaukee Brewers, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances pitches in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances pitches in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he is not concerned over Dellin Betances after the reliever's recent struggles.

The 28-year-old Betances has an 11.57 ERA over his last four outings, giving up six runs, seven hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. In his previous 12 outings, Betances had an ERA of 0.77 with 22 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings.

"Every time I've seen him go through a two- or three-game streak that he was un-Dellin-like, he seems to bounce back really well," Girardi said, according to Newsday's Greg Logan. "That's what I expect."

Tags: Dellin Betances, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees infielder Robert Refsnyder celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees infielder Robert Refsnyder celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees' three middle infielders helped lead the Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday at Comerica Park.

Rob Refsnyder started at second base and started a four-run seventh-inning rally with a tiebreaking RBI single, then scored on Jacoby Ellsbury's two-run triple that gave New York a 5-1 lead.

But it was the defense of Didi Gregorius, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning, and Starlin Castro, who started at shortstop but moved to second base once Gregorius entered, that saved the game.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Didi Gregorius, Rob Refsnyder, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro celebrates at home plate after hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro celebrates at home plate after hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Thanks to Starlin Castro's two-run home run in the seventh inning, the New York Yankees won a game despite recording just one hit for the first time since 1914 in their 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and walked Brett Gardner with one out to bring up Castro, who hit Odorizzi's 1-0 pitch over the center-field fence to break up the no-hit bid, end the shutout and turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead.

"I was just looking for one pitch I could drive," Castro said. "That's what happened." 

Tags: Brett Gardner, Tampa Bay Rays, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Ivan Nova throws the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Kenny Karst/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Ivan Nova throws the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Kenny Karst/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled his starting pitcher after six strong innings and a low pitch count to go to his bullpen trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman for the second straight game as the Yankees beat the Oakland A's, 4-1, Thursday at Oakland Coliseum.

A night after Girardi pulled Nathan Eovaldi after six innings and 85 pitches, he took Ivan Nova out of a 2-1 game despite just 62 pitches and retiring the last five batters in a row in favor of Betances, Miller and Chapman, who have combined for 104 pitches over the past two days.

"There's a reason we put them together down there and it's for games like today and yesterday," Girardi said. "We didn't put them together for games that are 6-1 or 7-1, but when you've got 3-1 and 2-1 and they're close games and you have guys that strike people out, it's much harder to score." 

Tags: Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Nathan Eovaldi, Oakland Athletics, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi takes the ball from starting pitcher Michael Pineda against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi takes the ball from starting pitcher Michael Pineda against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda's first-inning problems continued on Wednesday when he allowed four runs in the first inning in a 7-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium.

Pineda (1-4), who is winless in his last six starts, has a 15.43 ERA in the first inning this season, while opponents are hitting .500/.535/1.026 with five home runs in the first inning. He has given up 20 earned runs in the first two innings this season.

From the third inning on, Pineda has a 2.55 ERA.

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Michael Pineda, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said RHP Luis Severino is "on the right track" despite remaining winless after Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

Severino, who allowed the first to batters he faced to score and, settled down to pitch a season-high 6 2/3 innings, tying a career high with nine strikeouts amid speculation he could be sent down to the minors.

"I actually think the kid is really close," Girardi told reporters after the game. "I know the numbers are going to say he went 6 2/3 and gave up four runs, but I actually thought he threw the ball pretty well."

Tags: Luis Severino, Boston Red Sox, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi expressed his confidence in right-handed reliever Dellin Betances despite allowing a home run in his third consecutive outing, including the eventual game-winning runs in Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

Girardi pulled Ivan Nova and brought Betances into a tie game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a runner on first base to face Christian Vazquez, Boston's No. 8 hitter, with a runner on first. Vazquez smashed Betances' first pitch over the Green Monster to break a 6-6 tie and give the Red Sox an 8-6 lead.

"I could have," Girardi told Newsday's Anthony Rieber about the possibility of sticking with Nova. "But, I mean, it's Dellin Betances."

Tags: Ivan Nova, Dellin Betances, Boston Red Sox, Matt Eisenberg
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Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton sits with head coach Steve Kerr. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports Images)
Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton sits with head coach Steve Kerr. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports Images)

Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton told the San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami that while he has expressed the desire to become a head coach in the future, he is "comfortable" where he currently is and does not plan to rush into anything.

Walton said he spoke informally with New York Knicks president Phil Jackson "a couple days ago" and that the conversation was not considered a formal interview. Jackson said earlier Monday, "Nobody has been asked[,] nobody said no" to any formal offer regarding the Knicks' head coaching vacancy.

While Walton, according to a report on Sunday, had no interest in the position, he confirmed as such to Kawakami on Monday. Walton said:

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws a warm up pitch against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws a warm up pitch against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

With 22-year-old Luis Severino in the rotation and 26-year-olds Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro starting in the middle infield, the New York Yankees have their youngest Opening Day roster in 24 years, according to the Associated Press.

The average age for a Yankee is currently 29 years, 97 days, the youngest since 1992 (29 years, 52 days). The Yankees had not had an average age under 30 years old since 1996.

The Yankees have the 11th-oldest team in baseball, according to Statista, and the average age of a baseball player is 28.4 years. The Seattle Mariners are the oldest franchise at 30.1 years old, while the Arizona Diamondbacks are the youngest at 26.9 years old.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Matt Eisenberg
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Thon Maker, the 7-footer from Athlete Institute in Ontario, will declare for the NBA Draft this summer, Bleacher Report's Adam Wells reported Sunday.

Maker, a native of the Sudan who grew up in Australia and has played high school basketball in the U.S. and Canada, had taken an official visit to Kansas and was considering Indiana, Notre Dame, St. John's and Arizona State. He was projected as the No. 29 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com and had been compared to Kevin Garnett and Kevin Durant. He is now listed as the No. 44 best prospect in 2016 by DraftExpress.com.

One NBA executive told SNY.tv that if Maker becomes eligible for this year's NBA Draft, he believes a team may take a flyer on him in the first round.

Tags: Recruiting, Thon Maker, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom poses for a photo with a member of the military before pitching against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom poses for a photo with a member of the military before pitching against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Mets will not wear camouflage uniforms at home in 2016, according to UniWatch's Paul Lukas.

The Mets started Military Monday for the 2014 season and continued it into 2015. The Mets were undefeated when wearing their camouflage uniforms for Monday home games last season.

New York worked with Wounded Warrior Project to salute U.S. servicemen and women with Military Mondays.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez works out at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez works out at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi will rotate between catchers Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine during spring training and have them compete for the backup catcher position.

"I think in evaluating Sanchez and Romine, you want to give them equal starts to see how they do and how they adapt to the different pitchers," Girardi told NJ.com's Ryan Hatch. "You try to rotate it, in a sense. I guess you could call that significance, but I think it's shown how much he's grown in the past couple of years."

While Brian McCann, 32, is the team's starting catcher, the Yankees traded last year's backup catcher, John Ryan Murphy, to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Aaron Hicks, setting up a vacancy in spring training. In 2014, the team had Francisco Cervelli.

Tags: Austin Romine, Brian McCann, Gary Sanchez, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances winds up to deliver a pitch during the ninth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances winds up to deliver a pitch during the ninth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA Today Sports Images)

After battling fatigue toward the end of last season, Yankees reliever Dellin Betances said he feels ready to go for 2016.

Betances, 27, has pitched 174 innings in the past two seasons, including 84 innings last year, the most among all relievers last season. In the offseason, instead of giving his arm a normal four-week break, he opted to rest his arm for another month.

"That was the longest I've taken off without throwing," Betances told reporters on Thursday. "Just trying to give the arm a little break and try something, I guess."

Tags: Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Matt Eisenberg
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The New York Giants are introduced before a game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
The New York Giants are introduced before a game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

The New York Giants signed French wide receiver Anthony Dable to a contract, according to American Football International.

Dable, whom the Giants worked out earlier this week, signed a minimum deal with New York, according to AFI, after impressing the team's scouts and coaching staff.

The 27-year-old was part of a program that develops European players.

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Jan 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants former head coach Tom Coughlin addresses media during press conferenceat Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports (Jim O'Connor)
Jan 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants former head coach Tom Coughlin addresses media during press conferenceat Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports (Jim O'Connor)

The Philadelphia Eagles have shifted their focus on replacing fired head coach Chip Kelly with former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter (Jan. 14).

Though Coughlin resigned from the Giants after a disappointing, injury-plagued 6-10 season, he has not lost the desire to coach (Jan. 9). Enter the Eagles, who had been linked to McAdoo and Hue Jackson, who became the Cleveland Browns coach earlier Wednesday.

Coughlin has already interviewed with the Eagles and it went well, according to NJ.com's Jordan Raanan (Jan. 13). In fact, according to Mike Garafolo, Coughlin spoke with the Eagles on Wednesday and is expected to talk with them again on Thursday (Jan. 14).

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New York Yankees first baseman Jorge Posada at bat during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Michael L. Stein-US PRESSWIRE)
New York Yankees first baseman Jorge Posada at bat during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Michael L. Stein-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada will be added to the Hall of Fame ballot in 2017.

Along with Posada, Manny Ramirez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Vladimir Guerrero will be up for election for the first time next year.

Players need at least 75 percent of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, who on Wednesday elected Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza into Cooperstown, to check off their name on the ballot in order to earn election into Cooperstown.

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New York Jets fans celebrate an overtime victory over the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)
New York Jets fans celebrate an overtime victory over the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)

The New York Jets will face six current playoff teams, including the New England Patriots, in the 2016 season.

The Jets released their opponents for next season on Monday night, and their 2016 slate includes trips to Arizona and Pittsburgh.

In addition to facing AFC East teams twice, New York will host the Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham carries the ball during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham carries the ball during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)

After a disappointing 6-10 season that did not result in a playoff berth, the New York Giants will have the 10th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Giants lost three in a row and six of their last seven games to close out the regular season, as they were officially eliminated from playoff contention before their Week 16 game to the Minnesota Vikings.

Looking ahead to the 2016 season, the Giants will face their division rivals twice, each AFC North team, each NFC North team, the New Orleans Saints and the St. Louis Rams next year.

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New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin talks with Justin Pugh before Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. (Jim O'Connor/)
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin talks with Justin Pugh before Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. (Jim O'Connor/)

Amid speculation that Sunday's 35-30 loss to the Eagles was head coach Tom Coughlin's last in his 12-year tenure in New York, Giants players are voicing their support for Coughlin.

"I love him," guard Justin Pugh said (Jan. 3). "I want him to be my coach."

Coughlin did not answer questions about his status as Giants head coach after Sunday's game. The Giants will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year and there have been rumors that Giants ownership will decide to fire Coughlin or that Coughlin will resign instead.

Tags: Justin Pugh, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin walks off the field after loss to Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USATSI)
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin walks off the field after loss to Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USATSI)

Update (1:27 p.m. Sunday) Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Giants Coughlin will "ride off into the sunset" and resign instead of waiting to be fired.

"They're not going to fire Tom. He's going to walk away," Glazer said on Sunday. "They're going to ask to him to just kind of ride off into the sunset there."

According to Glazer, offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo might be the leading candidate to replace Coughlin, who won two Super Bowls with the Giants in 2007 and 2011 and was 102-89 in the regular season and 8-3 in the playoffs. The Giants have missed the playoffs in six of the past seven seasons and in seven of 12 seasons overall under Coughlin, 69.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas defends during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas defends during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USATSI)

Nets guard Jarrett Jack left Saturday's game against the Celtics in the third quarter with right knee sprain (Jan. 2).

Driving down court on a fastbreak, Jack slipped on the court after he tried to control a bounce pass from Wayne Ellington and went down, grabbing his right leg. He was helped off the court and taken to the locker room.

In 22:48, Jack recorded nine assists and scored just two points on 0-for-5 shooting.

He has averaged 13.2 points, 7.3 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 31 games with Brooklyn this season.

Tags: Boston Celtics, Jarrett Jack, Matt Eisenberg

North Carolina State Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried (Jonathan Dyer/USATSI)
North Carolina State Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried (Jonathan Dyer/USATSI)

Point guard Dennis Smith Jr. enrolled early at North Carolina State for the spring semester after he graduated from high school early, according to the News & Observer.

"It's a dream come true to for me, having grown up an N.C. State fan," Smith told the News & Observer. "For the way they recruited me, I was happy to show loyalty and commit. I'm excited to be a part of the program."

At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Smith is the projected No. 5 pick in 2017 by DraftExpress.com. He graduated in December from Trinity Christian in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Tags: North Carolina State University, Matt Eisenberg
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Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches during the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale/USATSI)
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches during the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale/USATSI)

A long suspension stemming from a domestic violence incident in October for newly-acquired Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman is "unlikely," according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

Chapman fired eight gunshots in his Florida garage and was accused of choking his girlfriend, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. He is subject to MLB's domestic violence policy and could be fined and/or suspended.

From Heyman:

Word is going around that a long suspension is unlikely in the case of Aroldis Chapman's alleged domestic violence incident. MLB is taking the domestic violence issue very seriously but word is the evidence may be thin in this case. The Yankees aren't saying anything beyond that they did their "due diligence" in making the trade. But suffice it to say, they wouldn't have made the deal if they thought he was in for a long suspension ... They are considering this a one-year trial run. And there's skepticism how it will go. Chapman is known around Miami as a real late-night guy, so folks wonder whether New York is the best place for him ...

The Yankees traded for Chapman on Dec. 28, giving up pitchers Rookie Davis and Caleb Cotham, and infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda. However, according to Heyman, the price for Chapman dropped significantly due to the domestic violence incident. Last year, the Reds sought either pitcher Luis Severino or outfielder Aaron Judge, two of the Yankees' top prospects.

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Matt Eisenberg

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SNY provides a report on Knicks forward Cleanthony Early, who was shot in the leg outside a club early Wednesday but is in stable condition.

New York Knicks forward Cleanthony Early, who was robbed and shot in his right kneecap outside a strip club in Queens on Wednesday, is expected to make a full recovery, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports (Dec. 30).

According to Charania, Early did not suffer any structural damage to his knee and will not require surgey. He's expected to miss two-to-three months.

Carmelo Anthony said he and several teammates visited Early in the hospital on Thursday and that he's in good spirits (Dec. 31).

Tags: Cleanthony Early, Matt Eisenberg, Tim Reilly
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The Giants signed linebacker Glenn Carson (left), who had been with the Cardinals earlier this season, to the practice squad. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
The Giants signed linebacker Glenn Carson (left), who had been with the Cardinals earlier this season, to the practice squad. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants have signed linebacker Glenn Carson and safety T.J. Heath to their practice squad.

A second-year player from Penn State, Carson, 25, recorded 11 combined tackles in five games for the Cardinals last season.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Andrew Miller throws against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in the American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USATSI)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Andrew Miller throws against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in the American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USATSI)

The Yankees plan on keeping LHP Andrew Miller after they traded for reliever Aroldis Chapman on Monday, GM Brian Cashman said (Dec. 28).

While there have been rumors that the Yankees would trade Miller and make Chapman (or RHP Dellin Betances) their closer for the 2016 season, Cashman said the team's plan was to keep all three relievers, who each ranked in the top 3 in baseball in K/9 last season.

"Again, our intent is to try to keep all parties," Cashman said. "It doesn't preclude us obviously from receiving phone calls or exploring any opportunities that occur as we move forward, because we do have a lot of attractive and movable pieces."

Tags: Andrew Miller, Cincinnati Reds, Dellin Betances, Matt Eisenberg
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John Hughes, new owner of the Binghamton Mets and Mike Urda, from the previous ownership group shake hands. (Binghamton Mets/Facebook)
John Hughes, new owner of the Binghamton Mets and Mike Urda, from the previous ownership group shake hands. (Binghamton Mets/Facebook)

The Mets' Double-A affiliate will stay in Binghamton, New York, after they were purchased by Evans Street Baseball Inc. on Monday.

"Having a Double-A, New York Major League Baseball affiliate in the Southern Tier is a tremendous opportunity, so great attention will be focused to ensure the team has top-grade facilities and the infrastructure necessary to develop Major League talent," said John Hughes, the new owner.

Retiring Binghamton Mets President Michael Urda and partners Bill and David Maines and George Scherer were with the Binghamton Mets for 22 years.

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While Wembley Stadium (pictured) has hosted several NFL games in London, Twickenham Stadium will be the first NFL game hosted at a rugby grounds. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
While Wembley Stadium (pictured) has hosted several NFL games in London, Twickenham Stadium will be the first NFL game hosted at a rugby grounds. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

While the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles are both eliminated from the playoffs, their Week 17 matchup will determine who plays in London next season.

In addition to determining draft position, next week's regular-season finale will determine who plays the St. Louis Rams at Twickenham Stadium on Oct. 23, 2016 (Week 7).

Because NFL scheduling relies on how teams finish in the division, the Rams, who will finish third in the NFC West regardless how Week 17 shapes up, will play whichever team finishes in the same position in the NFC East standings next season. The Washington Redskins clinched the division and the Dallas Cowboys are locked in last place.

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New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker celebrates his game-winning touchdown pass from New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USATSI)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker celebrates his game-winning touchdown pass from New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USATSI)

By taking advantage of the New England Patriots' questionable decision after the overtime coin flip, the New York Jets now control their own destiny in the AFC East.

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Eric Decker in overtime after Bill Belichick opted to kick the ball after he won the coin toss, leading the Jets to a 26-20 win at Metlife Stadium on Sunday.

Coupled with a Pittsburgh Steelers loss, the 10-5 Jets will reach the playoffs with a win against the Buffalo Bills next week.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Calvin Pryor, Eric Decker, Leonard Williams, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon reacts in the dugout in the sixth inning of game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Robert Mayer/USATSI)
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon reacts in the dugout in the sixth inning of game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Robert Mayer/USATSI)

The Mets officially announced they re-signed RHP Bartolo Colon to a one-year deal on Friday.

Colon and the Mets agreed to a one-year, $7.25 million contract on Wednesday.

"I've had a great experience in New York," Colon said in a press release. "The fans are great, being part of the postseason was great. I'll do anything Terry wants me to do this year, start or relieve. I just want to help us get back to the World Series."

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Hansel Robles, Johnny Monell, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning carries the game ball as he exits the field after a win over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. (Robert Duyos/USATSI)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning carries the game ball as he exits the field after a win over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. (Robert Duyos/USATSI)

The Giants-Vikings matchup in Week 16 will be flexed to Sunday Night Football after New York beat the Dolphins on Monday.

Instead of playing at 1 p.m. as originally scheduled, the NFL will move the game to 8:30 p.m. for Sunday Night Football, replacing the Steelers-Ravens matchup.

The Giants have already played five games in the primetime slot: Week 1 against the Cowboys, Week 3 against the Redskins, Week 5 against the 49ers, Week 6 against the Eagles and Week 14 against the Dolphins.

New York's Week 17 matchup against the Eagles cannot be flexed into a primetime slot because the Eagles will have already played the maximum number of primetime games this season (seven) including their Week 15 matchup against the Cardinals (Sunday Night Football) and Week 16 game against the Redskins (Saturday Night Football).

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Matt Eisenberg

New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USATSI)
New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USATSI)

Formet Met Dillon Gee has signed a minor-league deal with the Royals, CBSSports' Jon Heyman reports (Dec. 14).

Gee, 29, spent six seasons with the Mets, going 40-37 with a 4.03 ERA in 114 career games (110 starts).

He struggled in the majors in 2015, as he had an 0-3 record and 5.90 ERA in eight games (seven starts).

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New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran comes off the field during the eighth inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USATSI)
New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran comes off the field during the eighth inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USATSI)

Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran is contemplating retiring after the 2016, according to the New York Post (Dec. 11).

Beltran, 38, has one year remaining on his current contract with the Yankees. He signed a three-year, $45 million deal in December 2013.

"I don't think there is any big decision I have to make -- other than to play one more year or go home," Beltran said. "In my case, I am very happy with my career. … If I feel like I produce well to the point where I can make a good impact on a team, then I can play one more year. Or if I feel like I have [had] enough, I'll go home."

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